Going Batty for Stellaluna
A WebQuest for second grade
Designed by Karen Buehler
After being raised by a mother bird, Stellaluna must learn how to be a fruit bat. She learns that she likes to eat fruit, instead of bugs, and that she is able to see well at night, unlike the birds. Now Stellaluna has discovered that there are many different species, or types, of bats. She wants to learn about these other kinds of bats. Your class will join Stellaluna on her quest for information about other bats. Let's go batty for Stellaluna!
You and your partner will choose one type of bat to research. You will use books and websites to answer specific questions about your bat. Then you will decide which partner will write a poem about your type of bat and which partner will draw a picture of your bat. Once you complete these tasks, your class will put all of your information together to create a book.
1. Find your bat name and click on it to answer the following questions about your bat species:
a. How big is your bat?
b. What color is your bat?
c. What does your bat eat?
d. Where does your bat live?
e. List at least two other interesting facts about your bat.
Click on your bat.
|Big Brown Bat||Big Brown Bat3|
|Fishing Bat/ Bull-Dog Bat||Fishing Bat/ Bull-Dog Bat2|
|Flying Fox||Flying Fox2|
|Indiana Bat||Indiana Bat2|
|Leaf-nosed Bat||Leaf-nosed Bat2||Leaf-nosed Bat3|
|Lesser Long-Nosed Bat||Lesser Long-Nosed Bat2|
|Little Brown Bat||Little Brown Bat2||Little Brown Bat3|
|Mexican Free-tailed Bat||Mexican Free-tailed Bat2|
|Rafinesque's Big-eared Bat||Rafinesque’s Big-eared Bat2|
|Spotted Bat||Spotted Bat2||Spotted Bat3|
|Vampire Bat||Vampire Bat2|
|Western Pipistrelle||Western Pipistrelle2||Western Pipistrelle3|
2. Now you need to decide who the illustrator will be and who the poet will be. Both are important tasks!
The Illustrator: Your task is to visit the your bat's website(s) again and inspect the photos closely. You will draw your bat species for the book. You will use the correct colors for the bat's body and wings, and you will include details of the bat's face. Try to make your illustration as realistic as possible.
The Poet: Your task is to write a cinquain poem about your bat species. Follow the directions to create your own poem.
How to Write a Cinquain Poem:
First Line: One word, giving title
Second Line: Two words, describing title
Third Line: Three words, expressing action
Fourth Line: Four words, describing the title or feelings about the title
Fifth Line: Another word(s) for the title
soaring, flying, gliding
cute, quick, fruit, flowers
clinging, hanging, landing
south, gray, insects, mayflies
waiting, clinging, eating
crickets, beetles, scorpions, grasshoppers,
|Cooperation||Did not work well with partner/ Had 4 or more problems working with partner||Worked well together most of the time/ Had 2-3 problems while working with the partner||Worked well together during the entire project/ Cooperated with partner and helped partner when needed|
|Participation||Had to be reminded to keep working 4 or more times||Had to be reminded to keep working 2-3 times||Did not have to be reminded to keep working on the project|
|Information||Answered 1-2 questions accurately||Answered 3-4 questions accurately||Answered all 5 questions accurately|
|Illustration/ Poem||Completed the drawing or poem, but did not follow any of the instructions||Completed the drawing or poem, but did not follow all of the instructions||Completed the drawing or poem according to the instructions|
|Spelling/ Neatness||4 or more misspelled words/ words are not written neatly||2-3 words misspelled/ most of words are written neatly||0-1 words misspelled/ neat handwriting|
|Your Total Points (out of 15 possible points)|
You have now completed your bat research! Your work will become part of your class book that will help teach Stellaluna and others about different kinds of bats. Your illustrations, research, and poems will help people learn more about different bat species. Have fun as you read your bat book together and share it with others.
If you would like to learn more about bats, check out some of the following websites:
Read the story of Echo the bat (sponsored by NASA)- http://imagers.gsfc.nasa.gov/intro/story.html
Take a true/false bat quiz- http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/BATQUIZ/B10.html
Try another true/false bat quiz- http://intergate.cccoe.k12.ca.us/bats/quiz.html
Read student bat poems- http://avocado.dade.k12.fl.us/projects/bats/poems.html
Read bat facts and amazing trivia- http://www.batcon.org/discover/trivia.html
Credits and References
Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1993.
Lovett, Sarah. Extremely Weird Bats. Santa Fe, New Mexico: John Muir Publications, 1991.
Bats (an indexed list of helpful bat websites). http://eduscapes.com/42explore/bats.htm
Bat Species (an indexed list of websites). http://eduscapes.com/42explore/bats2.htm
Forms of Poetry for Children. http://falcon.jmu.edu/~ramseyil/poeform.htm
How to Write a Cinquain. http://www.canteach.ca/elementary/poetry5.html
WebQuest Design. http://webquest.sdsu.edu/designpatterns/COMP/webquest.htm
Other Bat WebQuests
BatQuest: In Search of Stellaluna. http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/chavez/batquest/navigator.html
Going Batty Web Quest. http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/ncope/webquest.htm
Lets Go "Batty." http://www.bsu.edu/CTT/webquest_examples/ctt_webquests/batwebquest/bats.htm
Stellaluna: "The Big Bat Hunt." http://www2.tltc.ttu.edu/butler/Student-Webquests/stellaluna-home.htm
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Last Updated on 10/29/02 by Karen Buehler.